Posted on 04/14/16
It’s great to see more attention focused on early-childhood education. It’s terrific that Cleveland media organizations are partnering on Cleveland Connects: The First 2,000 Days, an initiative focused on the importance of quality preschool.
But the numbers tell a story of statewide neglect. Ohio spending on public preschool and childcare is far behind other states. Quality preschool and childcare is unaffordable for many families. Ohio has the means to invest more, but our leaders choose not to. The state has instead given large tax cuts to the wealthy – money that could and should be used to educate and care for... read more
Posted on 04/08/16 in Revenue & Budget
This week, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) initiated the process of making it more difficult for low-income Ohioans to keep Medicaid coverage.
Medicaid was created to provide health care for people who are too poor... read more
Posted on 03/29/16 by Hannah Halbert in Work & Wages
Fair share is fair.
That was the finding of an equally divided U.S. Supreme Court, which today issued a one-sentence decision that upheld nearly 40 years of legal precedent and the right of public sector workers... read more
Posted on 03/03/16 by Wendy Patton in Revenue & Budget
Prices at the pump have plummeted and some oil- and gas-producing regions are seeing their economies slow, but Ohio’s Utica region saw growing production in 2015. Fiscal problems of other areas show that Ohio should... read more
Posted on 02/24/16 in Economic Development
State and local investment in transportation, public buildings, water treatment systems, and other forms of vital infrastructure has fallen to a 30-year low. Reversing this decline is key to creating good jobs and promoting full... read more
Posted on 02/16/16 in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
In a blog posted last week on the National Employment Law Project’s website, my colleague Claire McKenna and I featured the latest data regarding recipiency rates, which measure the share of jobless workers receiving unemployment... read more
Posted on 02/11/16 by Wendy Patton in Revenue & Budget
Growing use of temporary workers has benefitted corporations at the expense of workers, who often earn low wages and have no benefits or job security. Yet instead of trying to help workers get ahead, Ohio... read more
Posted on 02/05/16 by Harlan Spector in Revenue & Budget
Early childhood education helps kids thrive in school, helps parents work, and employs teachers in our still-slow economy. Yet preschool and childcare funding in Ohio seem perpetually stuck in second class.
Children of low-income families here... read more